The Mary Hamilton Papers : Letter from Frederick Hamilton to John Dickenson

Hamilton, Frederick

The Mary Hamilton Papers

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Letter from Rev. Frederick Hamilton to John Dickenson. The letter relates to Mary Hamilton's proposed tour of Devonshire with Lord and Lady Dartrey (see <a target='_blank' class='externalLink uom-purple' href=''>HAM/1/11</a>). Frederick Hamilton writes that he visited Mary Hamilton and was informed that she was planning to travel to Devonshire for at least a month, and was due to leave the following day. Her Uncle was surprised and advised that as she was to be married shortly she should rather spend her time planning for her future. [She accepted his advice and sent her apologies to Lord and Lady Dartrey.] His niece had been suffering with anxiety for some time and the letter suggests that Mr Dickenson and her engagement may have played a part in this. Frederick Hamilton suggests to Dickenson that he visit London immediately. In doing so 'many disagreeable surmises would be annihilated' and it would also provide Dickenson with an opportunity to meet with Hamilton's friends, 'who might possibly be of use when they understand circumstances they ought to know but which they are yet strangers to'.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Dated at Bedford Square [London].</p>

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